BANGOR – There’s currently no cure for ALS but some determined teams in Bangor were trying to change that Saturday.
Hundreds gathered Saturday for the annual Walk to Defeat ALS.
For some attending, the search for a cure is personal, like for Valerie Klenowski and Jessie Savage who lost loved ones to the terminal disease.
“My father – her husband, and my brother – her son were both were diagnosed with ALS,” said Savage.
The mother daughter duo have been raising money for it for the last decade.
“It doesn’t just help our family or the other people here, it helps raise awareness, get the word out there,” said Savage.
Also known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease, ALS attacks the nervous system, impairing muscle mass and movement.
“The more it’s put out, people see it and hopefully it brings more people together to help,” said Klenowski.
Along with some familiar faces in Maine politics, including Governor Janet Mills and Rep. Jared Golden more than two hundred people turned out to Bangor’s Hayford Park.
“Bangor is our first of four walks that we do in the northern New England chapter and it is a real community walk,” said Mauret Brinser, the chapter’s executive director.
Currently there is no cure for ALS. So fundraising goes not only to support programs for local families, but also to research.
By Saturday morning, walkers had already met their goal surpassing $60,000.